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Does a knack of painting provide me with any potential job opportunities.

I love art and want to make painting my profession. #artists #art #painting #fine-art #college #career

Thank you comment icon Hello! Kevin, if you really think your good at panting you might be able to become an artist. The only thing is that you might have to get a side job with it because most artist don't make a living by just selling their paintings. It is possible though to get it college though. So keep practicing and believe in your self at what you can do to make it happen and con true! Leah

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Frida’s Answer

Just paint !! The beauty with paint is that there is no rules no frames then make postcards send to people print on your T-shirt’s make it seem so people ask you like where did you get that ! Be confident don’t ask just do !
I learned from asking that people gets really jealous and unfortunate feel like they have them power to criticize but turn all that around and do your thing !!
You wil succes with anything you put your mind into and with art ... it’s just your rules and limits
Good luck !!
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Luke’s Answer

Hi Kevin,

It is definitely possible to get a major in painting. Here is a link with more information about studying painting as a major. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/arts-visual-performing-fine-studio-art-painting

If you are wanting to become a professional painter, I suggest starting now. True art doesn't know age and if you want to grow your skills, you should practice often. There are great tutorials on YouTube to help you find your personal style. You may also be able to find some good books at the library or on Amazon to help you develop certain techniques.

If you want to make a living out of being a painter, consider studying business or marketing . This may help you become a professional. Here is a link to learn more: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/business-sales-marketing-marketing
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Ellen’s Answer

Hi Kevin:

I'm assuming you are thinking of paid employment for your art skills, rather than being on your own selling your work to galleries?

Yes, having a talent or a knack for painting can lead to job possibilities, for example, when I was just out of art school, I once looked at a job working for a company that makes baby furniture, which hired artists to paint the furniture with designs. But it was not much of a career in terms of long term growth, pay, health benefits, safe working conditions, and so on. I did not take the job. I also tried selling my hand painted ceramics to galleries and interior designers, and had limited success, but it was not a steady income.

If you just looking for a job (vs. a career) then you could investigate other companies in your area that hire decorative painters, such as furniture companies and interior design studios, which may have special projects for you to work on (i.e. painting flowers in someone's kitchen or something). Please keep in mind that many companies that need artists use them on a freelance basis, so there will be no steady paycheck and no benefits . If you want to go this route, you'll have to get together a portfolio of your work and be prepared to be persistent and patient in finding jobs.

However, for the long run, I think you might look at the broader idea of a career (not just a job) in the art field to use ALL your art skills. If you're good at painting, I'm assuming you have drawing skills and a sense of color and design. All these skills can be applied to many different careers in the art field. Please be aware that digital art skills on computer graphics programs are becoming a common requirement for all art fields, so if you haven't already, take a computer graphics class. The art field is huge, so I would start talking to your art teachers about your particular skills, and check out the career center at your local library or at your high school.

Best wishes!
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